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, keeping them honest, the governor of virginia declaring april confederate history month but not the proclamation of slavery. now, he's singing another tune. was he pandering to his base and an issue that ripped this country apart? >>> coming up, sarah palin and michele bachmann? are they the new faces of the republican party or outshining the republican party? >>> tiger woods appears ainu ad, the first since the scandal, the ad featuring his late father's voice, strange no doubt about it. strangely compelling as well. what it means, we'll let you decide. first up, keeping them honest. governor bob from virginia calling april history month. a proclamation that resulted in the governor a few hours ago reversion himself. i want to show you what the proclamation said. it was issued friday by the newly elected governor of virginia. this is him. i want to make it big. april is the month the people of virginia joined the confederate states of america and goes on to -- joined the con f fed -- confederate states of america. and the civil war. skips ahead to clause 3, it is import
>>> we begin with breaking news on this tuesday, april 6th. >>> tragedy in west virginia. a huge jump overnight in the number of miners killed by an underground explosion. >> now, more than two dozen, plunging a community into mourning. >> it's a coal mining community. when you hear that many ambulances, it has to be something bad. >> this morning, the latest on the recovery mission. and looking into a company with a history of problems. >>> good morning. and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard today. the explosion at a west virginia coal mine has now become the nation's worst such disaster in a quarter-century. >> overnight, massey energy announced that 25 of its miners are dead. and the dangerous mission to rescue four more has stopped. when families were told the news overnight, some became hysterical. >> this is taking place at the upper big branch main. t.j. winick is tracking the overnight developments for us. t.j.? >> reporter: the explosion at the undergrod coal mine happened about 3:00 monday afternoon. miner steve smi
is happening in northe virginia on roads. >> water main break at tysons corner. sarah simmons is live. >> reporter: it's a 20-inch water main break. this happened at about 3:00 this morning. the water is shut off. and you can see the massive crater left behind. this is 123 norbound between international drive and the beltway. at this point theyare still trying to figure out if the road is safe. they are hoping they can get one lane open on the northbound side, otherwise this will be a while. the road has buckled. they say it could be eight pl hours or maybe even all day or possibly more to get the road fixed and driveable once again. v-dot is telling us this was due to a construction crew overnight that was working here on a hot lane project and they were boring underneath the surface to install piping for the project and that is when the break occurred. now falls church water authority have been out here as well. they shut off the water and are saying there are a few outages and mostly in tysons corner. you might have water but at a low pressure. it will be a traffic nightmare. 123 s
to follow that deadly mine explosion in west virginia this morning. it is a quiet and serene scene now. but that is only a cover for the grief and sadness in this small community. >> 25 miners were killed and four still missing after yesterday's explosion in montcoal, west virginia but the rescue effort is on hold as crews work to ventilate toxic gas from the mine. will thomas is in montcoal with the latest now. >> reporter: good morning. the rescue effort continues. there are still four miners unaccounted for inside and trapped. rescuers were pulled out overnight because there is such a strong buildup of carbon monoxide, it is simply too dangerous. so they are digging three giant holes to vent out the area and about 1100 feet below where they believe the miners are at. they're going to try and let some fumes out so send rescuers back inside. the west virginia governor is with virginia families and saying the families are not giving up hope. >> they don't expect to have that completed until sometime this evening andwe can't risk the recovery or search and rescue until we know it's safe
. it was in back of the vehicle. >> all right, lindsey, thank you for that. west virginia's governor says family members of the men still missing after a mine explosion are holding on to a sliver of hope. but about an hour ago, officials announced the gas in the mine is too dangerous for rescuers to get back inside. this is all taking place in the tiny town of monte coal, west virginia. katherine brown has the latest. >> reporter: crews are making headway high above a west virginia mine where four men are still missing. they are drilling holes through a thousand feet of earth and rock. >> we put an exhausting fan on that hole. >> rescuers can't go back in until the gas gets vented out. investigators believe a buildup of methane contributed to the huge explosion that killed 25 miners on monday. but this is still a rescue operation until the other four miners are located. >> everyone is holding on to the hope that their dad or that's their brother or that's their son. >> crews on the surface are trying to send a signal to the missing men who may have been able to make it to an airtight chambe
commercial interruption. first, continuing coverage of breaking news from west virginia. disaster in a coal mine and the ongoing rescue effort to save lives. plus, in-depth tonight. inside what's being called america's bullying epidemic. >> she was getting bullied. >> i think it's very sad; very sad. >> >> shepard: it happens in schools all across the nation. >> i did bullying him. >> kids picking on classmates, teasing them, pushing them to their breaking points. >> they would knock books out of his hands in school. >> now i wish i could take it back. >> they attacked his self-esteem. they attacked his physical appearance. >> tonight, the frightening truth about children bullied to death and jonathan hunt hosts a special live chat from florida. plus, it hit with devastating force. >> you couldn't even walk outside. everything was moving. >> shepard: everywhere you look, evidence of its power. tonight, inside the aftermath of the easter sunday earthquake. first, continuing coverage of news breaking now. at least six people are confirmed dead after an explosion at a coal mine in west virgini
and friends paid pulp -- final respects for those lost in that west virginia coal mining disaster. >> there is a reign of to the northwest. the forecast is coming up. the winds are, and the winds have dropped >> awarding tonight for facebook users. a new version of an old virus is making the rounds of the popular social networking website. it is being spread by a bogus message from a person claiming to be a friend, one to show you some sort of erotic video. it will send copies of the e- mail to your friends. the 2010 census deadline is a little more than a week away, but today some city residents received a knock on their door from of the motor face, baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake. she went door to door, urging residents to mail back their a census form. it is part of a campaign designed to increase the city's mail in rate. >> we are going until april 19. that is the deadline, and we want to make sure every single neighborhood is counted. we are making sure everyone is involved in this final push. >> for more on the 2010 census and to see the mellon rate for your neighbo
.vitac.com >> we start with the setback in the search for four missing coal miners in west virginia. rescue crews made it inside the mine and they were forced to turn back because of the terrible air quality. >> they are in danger and that's the whole intent of evacuating them from the mine. >> okay, cnn's brooke bolduan on the scene from west virginia. first, the setback has got to be really tough to take for the family members waiting for any news at this point. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, i think a setback is probably an understatement. even among members of the media, we've been living, breathing, eating this story for the last four days and when mr. stricklin said it was a setback, they outlined the three different scenarios that the rescue crew his going into that mine, and we were all hoping for scenario number one that they would reach 5,000 feet either one or both of the rescue chambers that if there was any hope that the four missing miners had survived. that was not the case because the air quality, the methane levels and the carbon monoxide was so awful they could not risk these 32 res
. >>> our time now 6:08. rescuers going back into a west virginia mine this morning, hoping to rescue four miners trapped since monday's explosion. in three minutes, the latest from the scene. >>> right now, weather and traffic. >> good morning. a fine start to the day. it's rather mild out there in maryland but late this afternoon, especially north and west of town we're going to have to watch for maybe strong thunderstorms. we'll get you going with a look at the day -- across maryland, a mild start. as we go through the noon hour, you can see temperatures rise, upper 70s, now low 80s in a few spots. even oakland, maryland, could be upper 60s. in the afternoon, watch out, we'll see a little lightning of thunder develop from west-to-east. 5:00, western maryland seeing some of that. moving potentially toward central maryland as well for the drive home. talk about the drive in, here's angie. >> out in silver spring, do watch out if you're traveling on 16th street approaching the circle, that is where we have a report of an accident. moving over to river road and goldsboro road, no issues her
whether survivors made it into the escape rooms in a west virginia coal mine. rescuers are starting to go down the mine shaft. >>> fighter jets scramble for what appeared to be a threat on united airlines flight last night. a diplomat is accused of causing a major scare. >>> look at the person sitting next to you. chances are really good only one of you will pay any federal income tax this year. although i have to say whoever is sitting next to you at this hour is probably the person you woke up with. >>> breaking news, four rescue teams are ready to go into the coal mine in west virginia to search for four missing miners. it has been almost four days since an explosion killed 25 miners. the air quality inside the mine has been do dangerous for rescuers to look for survivors. it could take them about three hours just to reach the area where the miners might be. >> as we proceed, there will be judgments made about how far they do continue on the rescue efforts, based on the conditions that they run into, and this is always, you know, an activity that we get into in mine rescue. we are hope
virginia miners. crews have been met with dangerous levels of gases underground. >>> and as many as 20 people are displaced after an early morning. it took nearly 70 firefighters to put out the flames. "news 4 midday" begins right now. good morning, everyone, and weldcom to "news 4 midday." i'm eun yang in for barbara harrison today. thursday, april 8th, 2010. >>> a diplomat, an illegal smoke break and some miscommunication. that's all it took to set off a massive terror scare in the air. it involved a flight heading from reagan to denver, and this morning we're learning more about the confusion on board. news 4's tracee wilkins reports. >> reporter: when they say no smoking on a plane, they are absolutely serious about that. a diplomat found that out last night, and so did a plane full of people. mohammed yaaqob y.m. al madadi, a qatari diplomat, is accused of having a quick smoke in the lavatory of an airplane. that urge ended with him in custody and fighter jets in tow. it started yesterday on a flight headed from reagan international airport to denver. the "today" show interviewed
mine in raleigh county, west virginia. charleston. that blast was caused by a buildup of methane gas. mitt rescue crews are still hopeful they will find some survivors. steve handelsman has our report from raleigh county. >> reporter: as family and friends waited and hoped for a miracle the drilling teams made quick progress. boring a six-inch-wide hole down to the mine before dawn to where 25 men died monday. you about four miners might still be alive. they are drilling other holes as well. they are using pumps to pull methane from the chamber. so rescuers can re-enter. surviving miners may have made it to one of two sealed shelter. >> we know they didn't come out so -- you -- next option would be for them to go through that refuge chamber. >> dust, dirt, debris, blowing. if hi to put my head down i couldn't see. >> reporter: stanley is a miner who survived the blast monday. now he's agonizing about his missing friends. >> my very good buddy. people don't understand the comradey between miners. >> upper big branch mine cited 12 times last month for ventilation violations. >> all
," a setback in the search. rescuers at the west virginia mine get close to where four missing miners are believed to be, but are forced to turn back because of toxic gases. >> it's just the worst of our three options. from a rescue attempt, but the rescue attempt is still very valid because if there is someone alive -- >> senator jay rom feckefeller join us. >>> and they've signed the treaty. can the president get it ratified? and former defense secretary and former republican senator, william cohen joining us in the studio. >>> plus, the united states and russia leaders are trying to reach an agreement on iran. >> they're going to be pushing very hard to make sure that both smart and strong sanctions end up being in place soon to send a signal to iran and other countries that this is an issue that the international community takes seriously. >>> and it's a sister act. >> warn them that that pink elephant is on the move and 2010 is shaping up to be the year the conservative women get together and help take back the country. >> and is it smart to reopen old wounds? we'll be talking ab
let me bring in homer, a west virginia native, a former miner. he's written books, including the most recent "red helmet." he's joining me by skype. when you're looking at methane gas, these were changes made after the last big mining accident, have these safe rooms where people could go in, miners could go in, there would be oxygen, communications and water and keep them safe. apparently searchers went in and looked at one of these rooms and it was empty. how reliable is it to provide a safe place when miners are down there working in these sort of dangerous conditions? >> well, it's a great idea when it works. when you have as huge an explosion as this one, there's not an opportunity necessarily to get to one of these safe rooms or barricade yourself up. this was obviously a huge explosion that killed this many miners right off the bat. the four miners that were missing apparently were in the same area. so the energy that's involved with a blast like this possibly caused them not to be able to get anywhere. >> this apparently is a mine that is a nonunion mine. does that in
at the site of the upper big branch mine. it's in mont coal, west virginia. bob barnard live in the newsroom with the very latest. >> reporter: the death toll is now seven. seven coal miners killed in raleigh county, west virginia. that's about 30 miles south of charleston. it's the scene of a massive rescue effort tonight with 19 coal miners unaccounted for trapped in a mountaintop mine owned by the largest coal mining company in that part of the country. safety officials say the seven miners killed died in an explosion around 3:00 this afternoon while leaving the site in a vehicle. two other men with them were hurt. officials say they don't know yet what caused the blast. >> we really just came to pray because we don't have immediate family in the mines but we know so many people that work here. our pastor works at this mine actually from our church. he wasn't in the mine but he's here. we're just praying and all we can do right now as a community is come together and pray because if you're from here, we're all coal mining family. my dad
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news saturday morning, news out of west virginia. the search is over, the rescue operation for four missing miners has come to an end. what rescue workers discovered overnight. >>> end the call, talking on your cell phone while driving will soon cost you. when the ban will go in effect. >>> home opener let down, fans back orioles park, but leave disappointed as the birds let another one slip away. >>> a chilly start to your saturday. meteorologist tim williams is here with an updated look at the first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> good morning,. welcome to eyewitness news saturday, i'm gigi barnett. >>> i'm tim williams. it's a cool start. good morning to. >>> you chilly, cool,. >> all the cs as opposed to the hs, hazy, hot and humid. temperatures on target for where we should be this time of year. we have a few clouds out there. you see a lot of blue. a lot of sunshine. good day to be outside without being too hot. not the really warm temperatures we had earlier in the week. no 90s. we are closer to
to 64. that's a cooler spot. 70 in martinsburg, west virginia. our forecast for today, increasing clouds, showers and thunderstorms rolling in, but probably not until late this afternoon and evening. heaviest rains and shower chances coming after 8:00 p.m. this evening. for tomorrow, a lingering shower or two first thing this time tomorrow morning. sunshine breaking out by tomorrow afternoon it will feel cooler than average tomorrow, believe it or not, temperatures will stay in the mid to high 50s that will feel down right cold compared to the back-to-back 90s we've had. it's going to be a toasty one today, jerry. temperatures up into the mid 80s once again. >> chuck, we will be prepared. let's see how we're doing. early morning thursday morning commute getting under way. quiet northbound and southbound right now. as you make the trip on the capital beltway no hangups. let's see how we're doing along 270 southbound there was overnight road work headed out of gaithersburg, they are in the process of picking that up. northbound still working on the roadway, but no significant delays so far
miners in west virginia. officials determined that the mine's air is now safe enough to allow crews back in. jay gray has the latest from raleigh county, west virginia. >> reporter: for the third time since monday's explosion an anxious and determined group of rescue members made their way into the upper big branch mine sometime after midnight. >> we'll be in a position this evening or this morning to make a mad dash. >> reporter: carrying four extra oxygen masks the crew will push towards two reinforced safety chambers about five miles inside the mine. experts agree the only way four missing miners could have survived if they made to it these safe havens. >> i hope they will come out alive. >> reporter: as they pray for that miracle they must prepare for the reality of the lives that were lost. today recovery teams will begin the grim task of removing the miners of those who died in the blast. >> it will be a slow process. we got to respect the bodies. i don't have a time frame on it. we'll just try to do it as soon as possible. >> i believe families are relieved and knowing this proces
>>> tragedy. 25 dead, four still missing in a west virginia coal mine in the worst u.s. mining disaster in decades. >>> tiger's take. tiger woods prepares for the masters after facing the media at augusta. >> i take full responsibility for what i've done and i don't take that lightly. >>> and on top of the world. duke's blue devils beat the butler bulldogs for their fourth ncaa title. >> and duke is the king of the dance 2010. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, april 6th, >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, april 6th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. a coal mine explosion in west virginia has killed at least 25 miners at a coal mine with a history of safety issues. it's the worst mine disaster in this country since 1984. at least four other miners are missing, trapped more than 1,000 feet underground. the rescue operations at the upper big branch mine have been suspended due to a buildup of methane gas. the explosion struck the mine yesterday afternoon. steve dunlop has more. >> reporter: siren
to that deadly mine explosion in west virginia. crews have been ordered out of the coal mine because of dangerous gases. the crews were searching for four miners trapped after monday's deadly gas explosion. 25 people were killed. most of the bodies remain under ground. officials say the crews were just a thousand feet from the rescue chamber when they were ordered out of the mine. >> we know we've had trouble in this area before. it was the same area where rescuers were pulled out the night that this occurred. and again, we aren't saying that this is a setback, it's not something that they won't get back in. >> right now, workers are drilling another hole to increase clean air to circulate through that mine. our coverage of the mine explosion is continuing on our website, wusa9.com. >>> you can watch interviews with some of the victims families and you can learn more about the push for mine safety reform. president barack obama was in prague this morning for the historic signing of a nuclear arms treaty with russia. the president met with the russian president and the two signed a treaty to shr
virginia community koeps with tragedy. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim handly. drilling began late tuesday and continues at this hour to save those four trapped men. prettiers are working to clear enough poisonous gas from the upper big branch mine in west virginia to help rescue workers begin entering and searching. investigators believe an accumulation of the gas may have contributed to the blast. it killed at least 25 miners, making it the worst u.s. mining accident in more than two decades. crews have been drilling holes into the mine in an effort to vent methane. we begin our coverage with steve handelsman. he is live near the scene of this deadly explosion in naoma, west virginia. what's the latest? >> reporter: good evening. here at the upper big branch mine complex, short time ago, officials were bringing us up to date. not a lot of ee norm us headline material but they did confirm when they first punched threw the mine, atmosphere in there was as they feared and expected, contaminated badly with methane. if the four guys alive, they would only be alive if they m
in west virginia where today we could get more news as the rescue attempts start up again this morning. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning, kiran. it looks like they are a little ways away from the signing ceremony. >> we are expecting a press conference in the next 20 minutes here at the marsh fork element stare school. if things went as scheduled, four teams of eight rescuers should be in the mile a little more than an hour and a half. they have to get down five miles to where the miners are believed to be trapped. they have spent the last 18, almost 24 hours clearing the mine of toxic levels of methane. they have it down to a level where it is nonexplosive but not nondangerous. they hope to have some word if things can progreg and they don't run into unforeseen circumstances in the mine probably somewhere in the next couple of hours or so, we may know the fate of those four miners. it is such a tragedy that happened on monday afternoon, 25 lives taken. three of the lives were from the same family. last night, after a prayer vigil in a nearby town, i sat down with the mother, the aunt a
virginia later in the program with the congressman whose district the mine is in. >>> meanwhile, afghanistan denying today one of the most inflammatory reports about president hamid karzai that we've heard in a while. that he threatened to join the taliban if the united states kept pressuring him. >> we were shocked to see such kind of comment in the media. the government of afghanistan in which president karzai is a democratically elected president has fighting against terror and fighting against those who put the life of our good people in danger as priority number one. and in that context, that comment, whoever has come up with that, does not make sense. >> san van na guthrie is nbc correspondent and cohost of "the daily rundown." nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live for us in kabul. is this a case that they are shocked to hear that hamid karzai may have said something, shocked that they're gambling with -- are we -- >> reporter: i think it's -- i don't think they're really shocked by it. president karzai has said things like this in the past. what they're sh
's with west virginia metro news. shawna, are you there on the scene? >> i'm in charleston. the cell service is so spotty at the scene itself, we are relaying information out as we can. >> yeah. i understand, it's a remote area. what's the latest? what are you learning there? >> reporter: you covered most of it. we learned within the past hour that 12 miners have been killed in this explosion. what mine officials are saying to us over and over again is that this is very much a rescue operation, not a recovery operation. they believe there are still 10 miners in that mine. and at this point, they believe they may have made their way to one of the two underground mine rescue chambers that are required after the sago mine disaster which was also in west virginia in a different part of the state. but they have signs and are hoping that mine rescue teams within the next several hours can make it to one of these chambers and will find the 10 miners, okay, inside. i know that this unfortunately happened, you covered this probably on several ocages in west virginia. what are the chances of finding t
virginia mine. rescue crews got inside, but now the quality of air has become too dangerous and crews are being pulled out. what happens next. >>> tiger woods, it's just a few hours away from teeing off the masters, but before his first drive, a haunting new ad is creating a lot of buzz. it featuring the voice of his voice. >> you'll find out what thinking was, i want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything? >> advertising guru donny deutsch will join me to talk about this ad. what does donny, think and what are people on the blog saying about it? this is a hot topic today. >>> we saturday off with a diplomat from the middle east as he caused a bomb scare aboard a united airlines flight last nichlt federal marshals confronted the man, a diplomat from qatar, after he emerged from the bathroom smelling of smoke. smoked a cigarette and tried to cover it up, and then reportedly made a flippant comment to light his shoes. that was enough for the marshals to apprehend him. two fighter jets were scrambled in this. pete williams is the justice correspondent. what more d
>>> making news on this wednesday, april 7th -- >> holding on to hope. families in west virginia wait for word on the fate of four miners, as well relatives share stories on the men who didn't make it out. >>> could the tragedy have been prevented? >>> and in space, a historic rendezvous between the shuttle and space station. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard. >> and i'm vinita nair. as west virginia mourns the loss of 25 miners in that horrific explosion, the hope this morning is that a miracle will take place. is it possible that four miners still missing managed to make their way to safety underground? >>> once the mine is depletely silent, they will send in tapped signals that the four, trapped men would recognize and hopefully respond to. >> t.j. winick joins us now from montcoal where the drills have been working all night. >> reporter: good morning. west virginia's governor says it could be midday before progress is made on four ventilation afts. even then, it could be an additional four to five hours before rescuers could reechl the ar
>>> digging in. the last ditch effort to rescue four missing west virginia coal miners. >> i believe that families are relieved and knowing that this process is starting which the end will be near. >>> back in the swing. tiger woods doesn't miss a beat in his return to competitive golf. >>> and family reunion. two neighbors in canada find out they have a lot in common. >> would have a been exceptional, but across the road is something amazing. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, april 9th, >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, april 9th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. this morning, rescue crews are making a last ditch mad dash into that west virginia coal mine to look for four trapped miners. they were buried by an explosion monday that killed 25 others. it terrell brown is in naoma, west virginia with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: michelle, good morning to you. a decision had to be made soon. time is running out to potentially save the lives of those four missing miners. and in the mid
stay tuned for all that enough and the latest from west virginia as we roll on. martha: we'll see you tomorrow. jane: good morning, i'm jane skinner, jon: i'm jon scott, "happening now" in the top box, minutes away from the news conference with the governor of west virginia on the country's deadliest mine disaster in 25 years. we expect we'll hear more about the fate of those four miners still missing. jane: in the middle we're waiting to see in court attorneys for three teenagers charged with bullying the 15-year-old girl, phoebie prince, so merslessly, according to prosecutors, she committed suicide. these kids are among nine classmates charged in her death. jon: in the bottom locks, eon gonzalez captivated the nation in 199 before he was sent back to cuba. guess what, he's 16 years old now. we'll show you what he looks like. jane: here's what's happening now in the newsroom, live pictures, we're working hard to bring you the latest on all that's developing. jon: we begin in west virginia, where a stunned community prays and hose, at least 25 miners dead after an underground exp
, los angeles >> couric: meanwhile, in west virginia, hope is turning to despair. the fate of four missing miners remains uncertain tonight as once again dangerous conditions inside the mine forced rescue teams to turn back. national correspondent jim axelrod is in montcoal, west virginia. jim, it's been more than four days since this explosion. where does the rescue operation stand now? >> reporter: katie, for the third time in two days rescue teams are back inside the mine, although it is clear to say with every passing hour chances grow slimmer for a miracle in west virginia. the funerals started today in west virginia. 61-year-old benny willingham was among the first laid to rest. his army buddies flew here from california to say good-bye. they used to ask their pal about his dangerous job. >> he said "it is what it is, i've got to take care of the family." he knew what the possibilities could be. >> reporter: the remaining glimmer of hope continued to fade this afternoon after more frustration for rescue crews. at 12:45 this morning, two teams with eight workers each had enter
here. >>> good morning. happy thursday. let's begin with 95 headed northbound in virginia. everything looking fine from quantico up towards the springfield interchange. 395, that northbound trip, so far so good, no accidents. we're also all clear as you glance at the realtime graphics. route 4, pennsylvania, branch avenue, crane highwayway, no complaints, beltway in maryland, no complaints. colesville road, an example of drivers moving at speed. looks like construction around the beltway. 5:00, out of here. ending with inbound new york avenue, moving from the times building to the tunnel, without incident. back to you. >>> this morning, prince george's county firefighters have spent hours battling flames at a townhouse wusa9.com plex. -- complex. the scene is in the 7800 block of jacobs way. kristin fisher has more. >> reporter: good morning. this fire started in the town holm behind me, you can see it's sustained very major damage in this blaze. the fire started here. it spread to about four other townhomes. five townhomes total. three sustained pretty severe damage. look here and yo
>>> making news on this thursday, april 8th -- >> breaking news from the west virginia coal mine. enough toxic air has cleared to send rescue crews keep into the mine, in search of the four, missing men. >>> flight scare. fighter jets scrambled, fbi teams mobilize. but was it all a misunderstanding. >>> and today oprah winfrey will reportedly make a big announcement about her future. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard. >> and i'm vinita nair. after standing by all night long, rescue crews are finally making their long journey inside the upper big branch coal mine in west virginia at this hour. >> once the mine's air quality was deemed safe a short time ago, they got the green light to begin searching for the four miners missing since monday's explosion. steven portnoy joins us on the phone from montcoal with the latest. >> good morning, todd and vinita. at this hour, four eight-man teams, 32 rescuers, are entering the mine for the first time since they had to evacuate early tuesday morning. the rescuers, themselves miners from this mine and oth
says if he were to run again he believes he would win. >>> in west virginia, rescue officials say hopes of finding four missing miners are alive but are dwindling. still trying to get back inside the upper big branch mine where an explosion on monday killed at least 25 workers. steve handelsman is in raleigh county, west virginia, with the latest on this. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. pumped in nay throw general and put out the fire, sound of the mine overnight. for the fourth time, they sent back in the rescue crews, 2:30. we may hear something at 8:30. it might be definitive. almost nobody in this part of west virginia's holding out much hope because of what the rescue crews discovered overnight. the bad news from the overnight search left a lot of local miners less hopeful. >> no good when you -- let your hopes down. >> reporter: rescue teams had made it to the one chamber. officials had hoped at least three missing miners, maybe all four, had taken refuge. and as seen in the optimistic animation. in fact, the chamber was still folded, unused. >> as a coal miner you know
are dealing in real terms and realistically, understand and these are tough. >> reporter: the west virginia governor spent a lot of time with the victims' families and told us that they're understanding of the delay. he told us the families have told him that they don't want to see anymore people die in the mine and if they have to take more time to vent that gas, the families are prepared to wait longer. >> is there anything else they can do besides banging on the pipes to see if the the four missing miners are alive? >> it's a good question, brian. a frustrated one for the rescuers. they have penetrated into the mine shaft and still can't get the gas out. what they're going to do in the next few hours is make use is of the one boring hole and the second is to be completed at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. they going to lower a camera down the mine shaft and try to peer around into the rescue chambers the governor was talking about and there are four-day supplies of food, water and air in the chambers. if they can see one of the four missing men and able to
virginia, and i think throughout the country, are taught to escape first. they are taught to try to get out of the mine the way they came in first. they retreat to a chamber or rescue shelter as a last resort. when they have made the determination, if their training has taken, if they have made the determination that they need to go to a shelter, that that's the last place that they would go. a shelter is a sophisticated barricade, in my opinion. >> is there any evidence at this point that these -- to believe anyone is alive down there, any actual evidence of that? >> we don't have any at this point. we just have hope. >> how far is that refuge chamber for the portal. >> do you know? >> one inch equals 500 foot map. i guesstimated a few days ago about 8,000 feet. >> so rescuer will have to go in about two miles. >> they would ride in a certain distance. they won't walk in from the outside. we'll get them in there as quickly as possible for them to get in as far as we can. >> you said there is not significant debris between the way out and the way in there? >> the debris starts where the nin
you, suzanne. >>> the governor of virginia's comments on cnn about confederate history month ignite a firestorm, but he seems to have at least one su >> there's a sort of feeling that this is insensitive. that you clearly don't agree. >> to me, it's the kind of feeling that it's a nit, that it is not significant, that it's not -- he's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddley. >> mississippi governor haley barbour now in the middle of this debate. what else did he have to say? you'll hear it here on cnn. and we'll talk to a few confederate re-enactors. what do they think of this controversy? >>> and cnn political editor mark preston, coming to you for a preview of the big supreme court nomination battle. and time for you to weigh in. log on to the social networking sites. if you have heartburn more than one day a week, try prilosec otc. it shuts down many acid-producing stomach pumps for twenty-four hours of heartburn protection with just one pill a day. for frequent heartburn, try prilosec otc. black one! where? [ vrrroooooomm! ] black one! where? [
virginia mine disaster. >>> and orphan uproar. a tennessee woman returns her adopted russian son because of what she says are behavioral problems. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, april 12th, >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, april 12th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. the president hosts a two day nuclear security summit beginning today in washington. representatives from 47 countries will attend. the largest gathering of world leaders hosted by the u.s. since the 1945 conference that founded the u.n. the goal? keeping nuclear weapons away from terrorist organizations like al qaeda. tara mergener is in washington with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michelle. that's right, the focus here is preventing nuclear terrorism and this is said to be an unprecedented call for action. president obama wants to make sure nuclear weapons don't end up in the wrong hands. >> the single biggest threat to u.s. security for short term, medium term and long term would be the possibility of the terrorist organizatio
to the mine disaster in west virginia, president obama today ordered federal mine safety officials to give him a report by next week on what caused that explosion that killed at least 25 miners. but right now, the focus is on the four who may still be alive. 32 rescue workers finally got inside the mine today but they were forced to turn back for their own safety. our national correspondent jim axelrod is in mont coal, west virginia. and, jim, how serious is this setback? >> reporter: with slim hope growing only slimmer, katie, and frustration rising, the rescue teams are now preparing to head back into the mine, in sometime in the next few hours and resume their search for the four missing miners. for the family and friends of four missing miners in west virginia, there is little left to do but hold hands and pray. >> we still have four men underground that i know that the god lord savior can reach out and touch them. >> reporter: just before 5:00 this morning, four teams, each with eight rescue workers, entered the mine. four hours later, they had traveled three miles by rail, another mile o
malveaux at the white house tonight. thank you, suzanne. >>> the governor of virginia's comments on cnn about confederate history month ignite a firestorm, but he seems to have at least one supporter among his ranks. >> there's a sort of feeling that this is insensitive. >> to me, it's the kind of feeling that it's a nit, that it is not significant, that it's not -- he's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddly. >> mississippi governor haley barbour now in the middle of this debate. what else did he have to say? you'll hear it here on cnn. and we'll talk to a few confederate reenactors. what do they think of this controversy? >>> and cnn political editor mark preston, coming to you for a preview of the big supreme court nominee battle. and time for you to weigh in. ♪ is that your new car ? uh... yeah ? cool. thanks. i knew i wanted a subaru legacy. i went back and forth on the hood scoop... but i'm glad i went for it. the subaru legacy. feel the love. the subaru legacy. home of one of the coldest, longest nights on the planet. and asked frequent heartbu
explosion at a coal mine in west virginia to send a signal to any possible survivors of monday's disaster. the rescuers just finished drilling the first of several holes to release any deadly gas. once they vent that, they can try to search underground. >>> president obama heads to the czech republic tonight. he's going to sign a new nuclear weapons treaty with russia. the two countries are agreeing to cut more nuclear arms. the treaty also includes new limits on missiles and bombers. >>> three teens accused of bullying a student who committed suicide have pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. two of them are charged with statutory rape and two accused of civil rights violation and harassment. phoebe prince killed herself in january after months of intense bullying by classmates. >>> we want to welcome you back, good morning. if you're just shaking the sleep out of your eyes, we're glad to have you. >>> so far rescuers are getting no response from the signals they're sending into a coal mine in west virginia. they're searching and hoping that four minors that are missing from monday'
're following tonight. rescue teams in west virginia are heading underground once again to search for four missing miners. they're trying to get to a refuge chamber in hoping of finding those miners alive tonight. bob barnard is here with the latest on the deadly mine explosion. >> reporter: two rescue teams, a total of 16 men are right now back inside the mine looking for signs of life. but west virginia's governor says the grim task of recovering the dead is about to begin. the bodies of 18 coal miners killed in monday's explosion are still entombed in the upper big branch mine. rescue teams sent in to look for the four missing miners early this morning were forced out by smoke and carbon monoxide that has since been cleared. >> t'sthe good news. the not so good news was the borehole that was put in at the refuge chamber did not hit a void. it hit a solid pillar. so basically that hole that was drilled from the surface does no use to us at all. >> reporter: meaning they can't use a camera to see whether the missing miners made it to that safety chamber. >> if we didn't find anybody in th
handelsman is in naoma, west virginia, with more on the story. >> reporter: in raleigh county, west virginia, the sky is brightening and the rain is backing off. that might mean more than just a psychological boost for the folks here who are agonizing over the fate of four missing miners. high air pressure is good when this storm front moves through overnight and the barometric pressure dropped, officials here who are familiar with the phenomenon explained that lower pressure in the mine meant more toxic and importantly explosive methane gas and able to seep into the mine chambers from the surrounding rock and coal. too much methane in the mine men more drilling and more pumping as rescue teams feed a hasty retreat. >> setback. worst of our three options. from a rescue attempt. >> reporter: 32 rescuers had gotten the green light overnight and headed in miles to go. back on the surface, technicians were getting bad readings. near where four miners could be taking shelter the air had turned explosive. too much methane. officials worried about another blast like the one that killed 25 men monda
. to our south some of these storms have been rotating. that's in southern virginia where we've seen some tornado watches and warnings n. line is so solid, it's literally up and down the east coast. winds are getting a little bit better. these storms even go all the way down to a -- to augusta. reagan national report add wind gust just shy of 06 miles an hour. -- 60 miles an hour. annapolis 46. andrews 54 and falls church, virginia had a wind gust to 60. hope you can find your garbage can in the morning. we still have some significant gusts out there between 25 and 30 and the rain is pretty significant. i think it will taper off after 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. great news about the weekend forecast and of course this is all the beginning of a big temperature change. i'll have those details for you coming up good see you in a few minutes. >>> we're following new developments in west virginia. officials say dangerous gases trapped in the upper big branch mine are clearing. >> rescue crews could resume their search for the four missing miners sometime tonight. tom fitzgerald live in montco
in west virginia. this is governor joe manchin on the tragedy. >> they're loving each other, they're hangi ining together he but it's very difficult for them, so ron wooten is the head of our mine safety and health and his responsibility is the mines of west virginia. we have our friends here, jermaine and -- you've been there for a while, haven't you? so, if there's any questions, there's not a whole lot except they're going to be drilling four holes now i understand versus three, correct? >> yes. three for ventilation and one more monitoring. >> you just can't believe the operation going on right now. i can't even explain to you how you're taking such a huge piece of equipment cutting a road in the side of a mountain, setting it up and start drilling. it's the most unbelievable, and god bless them. they're giving all they have, but it's a slow process. >> governor? can i ask you, i just spoke with an expert who said the mine is known as a gassy mine. was this disaster preventible? >> let me -- from our state and our federal -- people who basically have the responsibility of looking and d
, steve handelsman. he is live maoma, west virginia. >> reporter: the mood is grim because the news is bad. they couldn't drill that hole to get the camera down but got the fires down and now the rescue teams are headed back in. the bad news from the overnight search left a lot of local miners less hopeful. >> it is no good whenever at first you have to be deployed, lets your hopes down a little bit. >> reporter: rescue teams made it to the one chamber. officials had hoped at least three missing miners, maybe all four, had taken refuge. as seen in the optimistic animation. in fact the chamber was still folded, unused. >> as a coal miner, you know what i means when they saw that shelter had not been deployed. >> absolutely, yeah. it means that that was their last chance, refuge, and if it had not been taken, advantage of, then -- chances are, like i said, are slim to none that we are going to see those guys again. >> reporter: monday's explosion had been hot. fire still burned. blocking rescuers' way to the second chamber and were ordered out. >> it is very emotional for all the rescuers. w
. >>> now to west virginia where crews are continuing to make a long five-mile trek in hopes finding four miners alive. they got the all clear to are in the mine just minutes ago. rescue teams say they are prepared if a long, long day. they have their plans and they're ready to find the missing men. will thomas continues to bring us live reports from montcoal. >> reporter: four teams of rescuers should be inside the mine right now trying to get to the four missing miners. we are told it should take two to three hours to reach the area where they were believed to be. the # # rescuers are kayying about 30 pounds of equipment. the men had to shave off all their facial hair to get a tight seal around their oxygen mask. a total of 18 miners are still inside. all but four are now con furthermored dead. >>> crews focus you had on drilling multiple bore holes to remove the dangerous levels of methane and carbon monoxide. we are told as that ventilation process began, some of the workers at the top of the bore hole actually started getting sick and that is just how dangerous the air quality was.
. >>> we start in west virginia where hope is fading but it is still there that rescue crews will be able to get back into the upper big branch mine and find four missing west virginia miners alive. the search teams got the all clear and made a mad bash back inside. yesterday they got within 500 feet but forced to turn back because of dangerous gas levels and fears of possibly another explosion. one of two injured miners who survived has been released by the hospital. the ap reports he's not talking to anyone this morning. give us a sense of how optimistic they are as they get set to go back into the mine and look for the four missing mine re rers. >> reporter: they are still hopeful. keep in mind we're at hour 6 since the fatal blast in naoma, west virginia. these men should have made it by this point to the long wall. section 22, this is this 2,000 foot stretch of wall deep inside this coal mine where the rescue teams believe three of the four missing miners are located and also where they've been honing in on this rescue chamber. as everyone been repeating, if there's any hope of survi
. >>> president obama is calling for a deep investigation into the mine blast in west virginia. he says that the probe must be thorough and people need to be held accountable. the task of bringing bodies out of the mine have started. 29 of the miners died instantly in the methane explosion. >> there was a bomb i can't explain, they bombed the brotherhood. >> the company had been cited in the past for safety issues. >>> a successful saturday session in the general assembly as lawmakers approve a budget. the house of delegates vote to approve a budget voting on a mix of cuts. they're facing $2 billion short fall. and the eastern shore murder of sarah foxwell has pushed for tougher penalties. >>> turning now to sports, another game, another loss for the orioles. try and try as they might, the orioles didn't put up much of a fight at camden yards. he pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings. the o's lose 3-0 in this one. orioles star second baseman roberts didn't play last night because of this slide into second base on friday, he strained a muscle and they're considering placing him on the 15-day
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